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Amerika’s iPhone/Twitter Zombies

Several of my recent posts have been about the NFL kneeling protesters of the national anthem and the American flag, militarism and warmongering.

But there are other issues to discuss these days.

For example, last week I mentioned the young guy absorbed in his iPhone leaving my building as I was returning with groceries, and his not leaving the door open for me like most people do in that situation. Well, a few days ago I was at the laundromat, and this young lady maybe a student came in and was putting stuff into two washers. And I could tell out of the corner of my eye that she was constantly distracted by whatever thing she was absorbed in on her stupid little electronic gadget iPhone or whatever. It took her at least 20 minutes until she actually started the wash. And I’ve seen that exact same situation before at a different laundromat and a different person. Don’t these young people understand time management? Do they have a lot of free time to waste on those stupid little gadgets, or are they constantly late for work or a class?

And I’ve seen this time wasting on a lot of various people’s twitters in recent years, too. Like professional “working” people, with one twit after another, “1 minutes ago,” “5 seconds ago,” etc., etc. Like all they ever do is post something on twitter, some stupid meaningless thing as well. And so that got me thinking. If I were an employer and hiring new employees, I would definitely look at the applicants’ twitter or facebook, if they have them. If it looks to me that they spend all their time on those things, like during the day, then there’s a very good chance I wouldn’t hire them. That indicates to me that they are concentrating on their twitter crap and not on their work or studies. I mean, it’s like ALL DAY! with some of these people I’ve seen on twitter.

And additionally, I hear how some people are addicted not only to their little stupid gadgets, but to their social media. They have to look at their facebook or twitter or email or texts every two seconds, and they can’t put down their little gadgets. I see these people walking along the street out there, they are literally zombies, they can’t let go of their baby rattle, which is essentially what it is. (Are you one of those zombies?)

If I had little kids now, I would NOT let them have an iPhone, iPad or even a cell phone. Maybe when they’re 16 and have a part-time job, then they can have cell phone.

Give them books instead. Make them READ! And instead of sitting there staring like zombies into screens, they can go outside and play ball, have fun in the snow, or climb trees and build tree forts. You know, like kids used to do (before they turned into zombies).

But this electronic media stuff, it’s not for kids, in my view. They shouldn’t be staring into screens like that, it’s not healthy.

According to Psychology Today,

When very small children get hooked on tablets and smartphones, says Dr. Aric Sigman, an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of Britain’s Royal Society of Medicine, they can unintentionally cause permanent damage to their still-developing brains. Too much screen time too soon, he says, “is the very thing impeding the development of the abilities that parents are so eager to foster through the tablets. The ability to focus, to concentrate, to lend attention, to sense other people’s attitudes and communicate with them, to build a large vocabulary—all those abilities are harmed.”

Much of the issue lies with the fact that what makes tablets and iPhones so great—dozens of stimuli at your fingertips, and the ability to process multiple actions simultaneously—is exactly what young brains do not need.

Tablets are the ultimate shortcut tools: Unlike a mother reading a story to a child, for example, a smartphone-told story spoon-feeds images, words, and pictures all at once to a young reader. Rather than having to take the time to process a mother’s voice into words, visualize complete pictures and exert a mental effort to follow a story line, kids who follow stories on their smartphones get lazy. The device does the thinking for them, and as a result, their own cognitive muscles remain weak.

However, we also have generations of people now since the 1950s who have been spending hours and hours every day staring into their television screens, and that’s not healthy either. I know I was addicted to TV when I was growing up, 1960s and ’70s, right up to college. I finally stopped watching TV altogether by the mid-’90s, thank god.

Psychology Today also notes:

Trouble making friends

The brain’s frontal lobe is the area responsible for decoding and comprehending social interactions. It is in this corner of the mind that we empathize with others, take in nonverbal cues while talking to friends and colleagues, and learn how to read the hundreds of unspoken signs—facial expression, tone of voice, and more—that add color and depth to real-world relationships.

So how and when does the brain’s frontal lobe develop? Not surprisingly, the most crucial stage is in early childhood, during that same critical period, and it’s dependent on authentic human interactions. So if your young child is spending all of his time in front of an iPad instead of chatting and playing with teachers and other children, his empathetic abilities—the near-instinctive way you and I can read situations and get a feel for other people—will be dulled, possibly for good.

So maybe this phone-addiction and electronic gadget-addiction with the young people can explain why so many of them are such unthinking “social justice” snowflake robots, and why their interactions with others have become so dysfunctional for many of them. That and probably all the chemicals from all those prescription drugs, the street drugs like marijuana, vaccines and processed foods disrupting their brains’ neurotransmitters, affecting their moods, their critical thinking skills, and their social interactions.

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